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Nobby Stiles dead aged 78 – Sir Geoff Hurst leads tributes to World Cup winner who was ‘heart & soul of the team’

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ENGLAND football legend Nobby Stiles has died aged 78, with World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst paying tribute to him as the “heart and soul of the team”.

The ex-Manchester United midfielder, famous for his missing teeth and dancing on the Wembley turf in ’66, has passed away after a long illness, his family said today.

Nobby Stiles in action during the 1966 World Cup final against West Germany

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Nobby Stiles in action during the 1966 World Cup final against West GermanyCredit: Popperfoto – Getty
Stiles was famous for dancing on the Wembley turf after England won the 1966 World Cup Final

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Stiles was famous for dancing on the Wembley turf after England won the 1966 World Cup Final
Geoff Hurst, seen here lifting the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966, has hailed his former team-mate Nobby Stiles after his death

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Geoff Hurst, seen here lifting the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966, has hailed his former team-mate Nobby Stiles after his deathCredit: Rex Features
West Ham legend Hurst, seen here smashing home England's fourth goal, praised his former team-mate's 'great character'

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West Ham legend Hurst, seen here smashing home England’s fourth goal, praised his former team-mate’s ‘great character’

1966 hat-trick hero Sir Geoff hailed Stiles, who starred alongside him in that the victorious England team.

Paying tribute today, Sir Geoff wrote on Twitter: “Hugely sad to hear Nobby has passed away.

“We were playing together way back for the U17s, U23s, and of course, for England, in fact, it was my first cap when Nobby scored, I think he was wearing No. 9!

“Great character, and the heart and soul of the team, he will be sorely missed.”

Stiles had battled dementia before his death

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Stiles had battled dementia before his deathCredit: PA:Press Association
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Stiles had been battling Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia for 18 years and had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012.

His family said in a statement: “The Stiles family are sad to announce that Nobby Stiles passed away peacefully today surrounded by his family after a long illness.

“The family kindly ask for privacy at this sad time.”

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Ex-England legend Gary Lineker also paid tribute to Stiles, saying: “Saddened to hear that Nobby Stiles has passed away.

“Another of our 1966 World Cup winning heroes leaves us. He had a heart that was even bigger than the gap in his teeth. RIP Nobby.”

A number of Manchester United players who worked with Stiles in the 1990s took to social media to pay tribute to the World Cup winner’s impact on their careers.

“Rest in Peace Nobby. Thank you for all you did for us. You taught us how to fight for everything in that red shirt,” wrote Gary Neville.

Another of our 1966 World Cup winning heroes leaves us. He had a heart that was even bigger than the gap in his teeth. RIP Nobby.

Gary Lineker

“As a 16-year-old boy at Manchester United, it was a privilege to be coached by a legend of the game and a true gentleman,” wrote Robbie Savage.

“Really sad news that Man Utd legend Nobby Styles has passed away. A great hero and an inspiration for all United fans,” wrote Peter Schmeichel.

England offered their condolences, tweeting: “We’re incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of Nobby Stiles, a key member of our FIFA World Cup-winning squad, at the age of 78.

“All of our thoughts are with Nobby’s loved ones.”

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Nobby Stiles (far left, front row) celebrating winning the World Cup in 1966

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Nobby Stiles (far left, front row) celebrating winning the World Cup in 1966Credit: Getty – Contributor
Nobby Stiles was an England and Manchester United legend

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Nobby Stiles was an England and Manchester United legendCredit: Getty – Contributor
Stiles tackles Jimmy Greaves playing for Manchester United against Tottenham in 1967

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Stiles tackles Jimmy Greaves playing for Manchester United against Tottenham in 1967Credit: Bob Thomas Sports Photography – Getty
Stiles with Manchester United and England teammate Bobby Charlton in 1968

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Stiles with Manchester United and England teammate Bobby Charlton in 1968Credit: Rex Features
Nobby Stiles with his World Cup and European Cup winning medals

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Nobby Stiles with his World Cup and European Cup winning medalsCredit: Rex Features

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Stiles was an important member of the 1966 World Cup winning team.

He was famous for dancing on the Wembley turf after England beat West Germany 4-2 in the final.

Reflecting on the moment, he told the Guardian in 2002: “It’s still the biggest thing that happened to me [the World Cup]. Wherever you go, what you did means so much to people.

“Not just lads of my age, you’d expect that. But kids of me grandkids’ age, they come up to me and go: ‘Hey, you, you’re the fella with no teeth who danced round Wembley, aren’t you?’ In a way, you end up belonging to everyone.”

The tough-tackling midfielder started his career at Old Trafford, signing for Manchester United in 1959 – a year after the Munich air disaster.

It’s still the biggest thing that happened to me [the World Cup]. Wherever you go, what you did means so much to people.

Nobby Stiles

He would go on to play 311 times for the Red Devils – winning league titles in 1965 and 1967 and then the European Cup in 1968.

In beating Benfica in the final at Wembley, Stiles and his teammates became the first English side to win the coveted trophy.

He later went on to play for Middlesbrough between 1971-73 and Preston North End from 1973-75, before retiring from the game.

Stiles retired from international duty with 28 England caps.

After hanging up his boots he went into coaching and managed Preston, Vancouver Whitecaps and West Brom.

He returned to United as a youth team coach under Sir Alex Ferguson in 1989 for a four-year stint.

HEALTH BATTLE

Sadly his health deteriorated in his later years.

In 2010, after a mini-stroke, he decided to sell his medals in order to leave something to his family.

United bought them for £200,000 and the medals are now housed in the club’s museum.

His son Rob described the footballer’s heartbreaking struggle with Alzheimer’s disease in 2017.

Rob said: “He’s not aware of anything. We’ve been told he’s in the final stages but you just don’t know how long it goes on for.

“You can go one day where you think he’s going to die, then the next day he’s fairly alert. He’s very bad now.”

Iconic moment late Nobby Stiles danced with trophy after England won 1966 World Cup
Stiles and his wife Kaye in 2010

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Stiles and his wife Kaye in 2010Credit: Rex Features
Stiles and his ex-England teammates Bobby and Jack Charlton during a golf day in 2013

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Stiles and his ex-England teammates Bobby and Jack Charlton during a golf day in 2013Credit: Rex Features
England football legend Nobby Stiles has died aged 78

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England football legend Nobby Stiles has died aged 78Credit: Getty – Contributor
Stiles won 28 caps for England

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Stiles won 28 caps for EnglandCredit: PA:Press Association
After hanging up his boots Stiles went into coaching and managed Preston, Vancouver Whitecaps and West Brom

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After hanging up his boots Stiles went into coaching and managed Preston, Vancouver Whitecaps and West BromCredit: Popperfoto – Getty

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Manchester United are being held to ransom for millions of pounds by cyber criminals who have crippled the club’s systems, Sportsmail can reveal.

United have brought in a team of technical experts to contain the potentially ‘disastrous’ attack that was launched more than a week ago.

But it’s understood the hackers still have United in their grip after the National Cyber Security Centre on Thursday night confirmed they are helping the club to resolve the crisis.

Manchester United's computer systems are still under the control of cyber hackers

Manchester United's computer systems are still under the control of cyber hackers

Manchester United’s computer systems are still under the control of cyber hackers

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Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward

The hackers are demanding cash to release their grip on United

The hackers are demanding cash to release their grip on United

The hackers are demanding cash to release their grip on United (the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is pictured (left)

It said: ‘The NCSC is aware of an incident affecting Manchester United Football Club and we are working with the organisation and partners to understand impact.’

The embarrassing lapse of security at one of the world’s biggest sports clubs is believed to be far more serious than first feared.

United’s network has been infected by ransomware – a computer virus – and they now face the option of having to pay up or risk seeing highly sensitive information about the club and its stars leaked into the public domain.

It’s unclear who the criminals are or how much they want, but the NCSC revealed that in the last year an EFL club were hit with a £5m demand and the biggest single loss to a sports organisation from cyber crime was £4m.

United could also face fines of £9m, £18m or two per cent of their total annual worldwide turnover from the independent government body Information Commissioner’s Office if the attack is found to have breached their fans’ data protection – although the club on Thursday night reassured supporters that is not the case.

United also insist the attack will not impact match-day operations. The next home game is against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

A statement on Thursday night read: ‘Following the recent cyber attack on the club, our IT team and external experts secured our networks and have conducted forensic investigations.

United feared their game at Old Trafford against West Brom would have to be called off after the initial cyber-breach

United feared their game at Old Trafford against West Brom would have to be called off after the initial cyber-breach

United feared their game at Old Trafford against West Brom would have to be called off after the initial cyber-breach

‘This attack was by nature disruptive, but we are not currently aware of any fan data being compromised.

‘Critical systems required for matches to take place at Old Trafford remained secure and games have gone ahead as normal.

‘The club will not be commenting on speculation regarding who may have been responsible for this attack or the motives behind it.’

The NCSC warned about the increased threat to the £37billion sports industry from cyber criminals in July, including the more remote possibility of being targeted by nation states such as Russia.

It revealed that the unknown EFL club received a £5m ransom demand after its systems were crippled. The club refused to pay up and were unable to operate their CCTV and stadium turnstiles, almost resulting in a match being postponed.

In another sting, the email of a Premier League managing director was hacked by criminals who narrowly failed to sabotage a transfer deal with a European club and divert the £1m fee into their own bank account.

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Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring in Tuesday night's 4-1 win over Istanbul Basaksehir

Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring in Tuesday night’s 4-1 win over Istanbul Basaksehir

When sensitive information from Manchester City’s company emails was leaked in 2018, it led to a £9m fine for breaking Financial Fair Play rules and a two-year Champions League ban that was later overturned.

Warning of the specific threat to sports clubs, the NCSC said: ‘The business impact of ransomware attacks can be disastrous.

‘Since 2018, ransomware attacks have been growing in impact. The criminals carrying out the attacks are taking more time to analyse victim networks and understand the ‘value’ of the target organisation.

‘Using network analysis and lateral movement within the victim’s network, attackers try to ensure they have maximum impact on the victim organisation – potentially denying access to business-critical files and systems.

‘Keep safe back-ups of important files. Even if you decide to pay the ransom, there is no guarantee that you will get access to your computer, or your files.’

Last week, a British athlete had almost 100 private images stolen from their iCloud account

Last week, a British athlete had almost 100 private images stolen from their iCloud account

Last week, a British athlete had almost 100 private images stolen from their iCloud account

The report revealed that 70 per cent of sports organisations had experienced cyber incidents in the previous year – double the average for UK businesses.

NCSC director of operations Paul Chichester said: ‘Sport is a pillar of many of our lives and we’re eagerly anticipating the return to full stadiums and a busy sporting calendar.

‘While cyber security might not be an obvious consideration for the sports sector as it thinks about its return, our findings show the impact of cyber criminals cashing in on this industry is very real.

‘I would urge sporting bodies to use this time to look at where they can improve their cyber security – doing so now will help protect them and millions of fans from the consequences of cyber crime.’

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The UK’s sports industry is now under near-constant cyber-attack, according to statistics from the Government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), released this year.

United are the latest victims, with 70 per cent of sporting institutions, organisations and teams having suffered incidents of varying severity in the last 12 months – but they are the most high-profile.

The NCSC reported that one EFL club suffered a ‘significant ransomware attack’ which resulting in the loss of locally stored data in almost all of the club’s computer systems and mobile phones. They say ‘several servers were also affected, leaving the club unable to use their corporate email. The stadium CCTV and turnstiles were non-operational, which almost resulted in a fixture cancellation.’

An unnamed Premier League club came close to losing a £1m transfer fee after it was targeted, when a bank prevented the money from being stolen. One sports organisation, also unnamed, loss over £4m.

Last week, four British athletes have had intimate photographs and videos posted online in a cyber attack that has affected hundreds of female sports stars and celebrities.

‘While cyber security might not be an obvious consideration for the sports sector as it thinks about its return, our findings show the impact of cyber criminals cashing in on this industry is very real,’ said Paul Chichester, director of operations at the NCSC.

‘I would urge sporting bodies to use this time to look at where they can improve their cyber security – doing so now will help protect them and millions of fans from the consequences of cyber crime.’

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“This is one of the biggest disgraces involving Fifa who want to weaken the players to become slaves.

“But I will not allow that. Zlatan is not a marionette, Zlatan is not someone you can tell to do something he doesn’t want to do.”

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